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What would be the maximum suggested weight for all the images on a web page?

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by Ann777 In reply to Images weight on a site

http://www.brucecap.org/stayinonline/stories/42.html

"Try keeping your images under 30k, this helps images load faster because they can be transmitted faster due to their smaller size.
You can also try using less colors in your images, use 1or 2 colors not 24 if you have less colors in your image load time will speed up because there is less information in your pictures.

Reduce your color sizes to 256 colors this makes it easier even still to keep the size down, so if you use 2 colors say blue and white, decrease the color size to 256 colors and keep the image area small then you will most likely be able to keep your images under 30k.

Try displaying a lower resolution image while the higher resolution image is loading. If you can't actually speed up the download time of you site then you can display a lower resolution image while the real image is loading in the background. Netscape introduced this feature in version 2.0, and all Internet Explorer versions above 3.0are supported, this essentially covers all of the viewing market. This method doesn't actually speed up load time it just gives the viewer something to look at sooner making the webpage seem more responsive to the viewer and increasing his or her attention.

Remember though that you must keep the low resolution image lower in size then the high resolution image. Because if you don't it's like loading two of the same images. Try using a black and white image for the low resolution image."More at the above link...

You can also compress images... ULead's is one way. Here's another:

http://www.netmechanic.com/GIFBot/optimize-graphic.htm

...more...

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by Ann777 In reply to Images weight on a site

The first thing you should do is use your image editing program to progressively lower the color depth (we're talking about .gifs here) before saving.

I say progressively because this causes less quality loss (i.e. first to 256, then 128, then64, then 48, etc...) Just keep going until you see a major loss of visual quality. Doing this and THEN using an image compressor will do amazing things for your graphics.

Keep in mind that the most popular screen resolution right now is 800x600.This means if your resolution is set at over 1024x768 then you should check for image quality loss at 2x because that's closer to how the image will appear for most people.

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by webmaster In reply to Images weight on a site

Thank you Anna! I looked for another answer though... what's the average limit in KB for good graphics and great sites altogether. Let's say 100KB? 150KB? Is there any written suggestion from experts on this issue?
Thanks again!

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by Indigenious In reply to Images weight on a site

Hi,
There is no guidelines as such for what your weight of the web page should be. Frankly the weight of the web page should be as low as 30-50 Kb in case you are hosting your servers on a low bandwidth ISP or a country with poor local interconnectivity.
The average web page nowadays can be really heavy with the growing use of flash etc. on the sites. Therefore I feel that any page which requires only images and is hosted for a global market should not be more than 100-150 Kb. A flash basedpage can be also at the same size and it can be more if you use pre-login scripts in your flash code.

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